By Ben Leubsdorf

Associated Press
Published: Saturday, April 11, 2009 10:28 p.m. MDT

DEARBORN, Mich. — Seeing-eye dogs are a nonstarter among many Muslims who consider the animals unclean, but a horse the size of a dog just might work.

“This is a really awesome little horse,” Mona Ramouni said this week as she put Cali, a 3-year-old miniature horse, through her paces and rode the bus to work with her for the first time.

Ramouni lost her sight to retinopathy — damage to the retina — that is a frequent side effect of premature birth. Until now, she has relied on her family to guide her around the Detroit suburbs where she’s lived, studied and worked for all of her 28 years.

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